: Auckland, New Zealand

    Mark has been keeping us in check since about mid 2012 when he took over as CEO after a year on the Board. He has lots of experience building technology intensive businesses into international powerhouses (impressive, considering the struggles he has with his email..).

    One of the biggest changes Mark has brought to Aeroqual is a focus on customers and end users, something that is often lacking in companies full of engineers and scientists. As a result we put a lot more emphasis on developing products in partnership with customers and systems to help support products in the field.

    He pays lots of attention to staff culture and is always looking for ways to get more out of us whilst ensuring that Aeroqual is a great place to work. That kind of thinking resulted in the installation of a gong above the factory floor which gets bonged every time we achieve good things.

    Outside Aeroqual Mark is an advisory Board member of the Product Accelerator Centre at Auckland University, on the organising committee of the Ernst & Young Leadership Programme, and mentor to up and coming leaders in the private and public sectors. He also likes fly-fishing.